Ice Skating on a Frozen Tarn

29 10 2012



With no fresh snow and colder than usual temps, it’s made for ideal ice skating conditions. Sunday, I got invited to go with a group on a hike to ice skate on a frozen ice tarn in Eagle River. I’ve been so appreciating this 10+ day stretch of sunny, clear weather! But, can’t wait for the snow in the forecast at the same time…..

I love checking out all the interesting designs frozen in the lake.

Our view from the tarn. The warm sun on the mountains reflect some pink/orangish hues onto the lake, with some skaters in the background.

A crystal clear piece of ice sitting on top of the frozen tarn.

Dan skating past some older blade marks frozen in the ice.



Early Season Skiing at the Jewel

24 10 2012

With blue skies and fresh snow, we decided to ski the Jewel Glacier (an early season gem) along with every other backcountry skier in Southcentral. Holy smokes it was crowded! I would’ve thought the 3.5 mile approach would’ve detered a few peeps….but not so much.

View of the Milk Glacier. Boone ditched us in the parking lot to ski the Milk, and on the lower right of the glacier, you can barely see Boone and his friends skinning up. They made the right decision to avoid the crowds and ski the Milk, they had it all to themselves.

  Boone & his friends skinning up the Milk.

View of Crow Pass and Crystal Lake. Rumor has it 12 people stayed in the cabin at the lake the night before. We saw a bunch more people headed in with big packs on our way out…..glad we did this as a day trip.

Kasey enjoying the fresh pow.

Ryan dropping in on a good line.

Kasey dropping a knee.

Kasey and Ryan headed back on the Crow Pass trail.

Roadtrip to Haines

4 10 2012

Our annual Yukon/Southeast Alaska fall trip! Haines is definitely one of my favorite places in Alaska, and the bonus is you get to drive through the Yukon to get there! I’ve been going there since I was six and never get tired of the 15 hour drive. It’s an amazing roadtrip, through mountain passes, past roaring rivers and turquoise colored mountain lakes. And if you’re lucky, a bit of wildlife along the way.

Sunrise south of Tok.

Sabrina. Excited about the Yukon.

 Destruction Bay, Yukon. Always gorgeous and windy! As many times as I’ve been through here, I never get tired of seeing Kluane Lake.

Sabrina catching some air above Kluane Lake. 

When we got to Haines we headed to the Chilkoot River to check for any bear activity. The river (like everywhere else in Alaska because of the crazy rain this fall) was super high, making fishing difficult, and not as many bears. We did find one-and he was quite lively, putting on a heck of a show. First, he popped up on the road bridge over the river, peering over the guardrails at the river, as if trying to get a better view of the fish. He then pranced up the river, chasing fishermen (just playing), swimming, and fishing here and there. He seemed to be having a pretty good time!

Brown bear in Chilkoot River, Haines. 

Brown Bear eating salmon in Chilkoot River

 Totem Pole.

Haines harbor.

While fall is just about over in the rest of Alaska, the colors were just starting to turn in Haines.

Close up of a couple of drums at Jussi’s house in Haines.

Jussi on our beach hike.

Tika & Sabrina.

A couple of very playful sea lions. We had a total of four of them romping around and breaching like whales right offshore in front of us.

Interesting accomodations on the outskirts of Haines….

Fresh snow in the Yukon! It made for an interesting (yet beautiful!) drive home in some places…

Big Wild Life in Los Anchorage-the last 24 hours of aurora & moose

2 10 2012

Here’s a few shots from Sunday night’s show at the airport. Had a few red eye flights (is there any other kind in Anchorage?) take off towards the aurora and into my frame. The people on those flights definitely got the best seats in the house!

Aurora and jet. 

Aurora over Los Anchorage. Even managed to capture a jet flying towards the city.

Aurora reflecting in Cook Inlet.

Monday night, after work, I headed up to Powerline Pass to check on any moose activity. I had to take advantage of one of the first days without crazy wind/rain almost a month. I haven’t seen the numbers of moose congregating in Powerline during the rut as I have in years past, so I was happy to find this bull. He was hanging with his harem of 6 females and one spike fork.

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